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Byker, Erik Jon; Coffey, Heather; Harden, Susan; Good, Amy; Heafner, Tina L.; Brown, Katie E.; Holzberg, Debra – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2017
Using case study method, this study examines the impact of an inquiry-based learning program among a cohort of first-semester undergraduates (n = 104) at a large public university in the southeastern United States who are aspiring to become teachers. The Boyer Commission (1999) asserted that inquiry-based learning should be the foundation of…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Inquiry, Teaching Methods, College Freshmen
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Seymour, Clancy M.; Garrison, Mark J. – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2017
The implementation of value-added models of teacher evaluation continue to expand in public education, but the effects of using student test scores to evaluate K-12 physical educators necessitates further discussion. Using the five National Standards for K-12 Physical Education from the Society of Health and Physical Educators America (SHAPE),…
Descriptors: Value Added Models, National Standards, Elementary Secondary Education, Physical Education
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Snead, Donald; Burris, Kathleen G. – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2016
The purpose of this study was to understand middle school teachers' perspectives on the role of homework. Approximately 118 middle school teachers volunteered to complete open-ended surveys describing their perceptions regarding the effectiveness of homework. Qualitative analysis revealed teachers identified several instructional and…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Homework, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Motivation
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Huss, John; Eastep, Shannon – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2016
Faculty members in a College of Education responded to a mixed methods questionnaire regarding their attitudes toward the use of humor as a pedagogical tool. Quantitative data and coding of open response questions revealed that instructors overall considered humor to be an integral part of their teaching plan and that humor relaxes students,…
Descriptors: Humor, College Faculty, Statistical Analysis, Feedback (Response)
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del Prado Hill, Pixita; Friedland, Ellen S.; McMillen, Susan – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2016
This article presents two innovative tools--the Mathematics-Literacy Planning Framework and Mathematics-Literacy Implementation Checklist--which are designed to help instructional coaches and specialists support teachers to meet the challenges of the mathematics-literacy integration goals of the Common Core. Developed with teacher input, these…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Check Lists, Common Core State Standards, Literacy
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Hong, Carrie Eunyoung; Van Riper, Irene – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2016
The technological infrastructure for the use of instructional and professional videos is common in today's educational venues. However, there has been a dearth of awareness and training to help teachers critically analyze and effectively utilize video recordings of authentic classroom instruction for their professional development. This self-study…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Video Technology, Special Education, Faculty Development
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Brown, Carmen Sherry – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2016
Comprehensive early childhood teacher preparation programs offer courses and curricula that are aligned with current research on best practices and related to the knowledge and skills that early childhood teacher candidates are expected to demonstrate on certification exams and teacher performance assessments. To support the alignment of early…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Career Readiness, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
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Russello, Camille M.; Henry, Julie – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2015
The purpose of this pilot was to examine the effectiveness of the practice of providing opportunities for undergraduate elementary education teacher candidates to explore the campus library curriculum center as a group regularly during class time. During their visits, teacher candidates were guided in selecting and analyzing children's literature…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Academic Libraries, Elementary Education, Class Activities
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Riggie, Allison; Metzen, Lauren; Goodrich, Julie; Yorio, Whitney; Poloncarz, Kasey; Rose, David; Walker, Joshua; Ceprano, Maria – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2015
Teacher candidates who worked with small groups of children during a semester long pre-student teaching practicum developed four point rubrics for each of the lesson plans they created on a weekly basis. The scope of this practicum is discussed along with an action research project pertaining to the rubric assessments they utilized. Findings…
Descriptors: Action Research, Scoring Rubrics, Preservice Teachers, Practicums
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Huss, John; Eastep, Shannon – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2015
This action research study explored attitudes and expectations of faculty at a Midwestern university who taught at least one fully online course during 2014. The study focused on instructor perceptions toward and experiences with web-based instruction, particularly in the critical areas of assessment and feedback; course organization; interaction…
Descriptors: Action Research, Online Courses, Teacher Attitudes, College Faculty
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Burns, Barbara A.; Henry, Julie J.; Lindauer, Jeffrey R. – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2015
This action research study examined the effectiveness of one model for supporting candidates in their work in preparing and submitting their edTPA portfolios. Surveys of student teachers and their cooperating teachers were administered and analyzed to determine how the model impacted their experiences with the edTPA. This data can inform…
Descriptors: Action Research, Student Teacher Attitudes, Student Teachers, Student Surveys
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Pane, Pamela – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2014
This study sought to determine the impact of blogs on student motivation to discuss literature. The participants were 11 male and 12 female fourth grade students ranging from eight to ten years of age. All of the students were instructed in one classroom located in a suburban school setting. All students had access to computers fitted with high…
Descriptors: Electronic Journals, Student Journals, Student Motivation, Literature Appreciation
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Ceprano, Maria A.; Chicola, Nancy A. – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2012
This paper describes how 20 pre-service teachers enrolled in two social studies methods courses at Buffalo State College worked collaboratively to produce a Cross-cultural Literacy Fair at an urban-based elementary school. The participatory activities created for the event were provided in conjunction with a community after-school program and…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Social Studies, Methods Courses, Literacy Education
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Sears, Emilie – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2012
It is important to find the means by which struggling writers can find success in the English Language Arts. For students struggling with reading and writing, the visual arts may be a way of accessing and expressing their ideas and ultimately opening up a world of creative possibilities. This article explores drawing and painting as a pre-writing…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 3, Poetry, Creative Writing
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Mielonen, Alissa Marie; Paterson, Wendy – Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 2009
Researchers agree that language and literacy derive from the first days of a child's life. Children become literate members in society by listening and interacting with the people that surround them. This study examines how children develop literacy through play by looking closely at the benefits of uninterrupted play and how it encourages…
Descriptors: Play, Literacy, Language Acquisition, Language Skills
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